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Community English & Community Language Programs

Program Staff

  • Vivian Lindhardsen, Director

    Dr. Vivian Lindhardsen is the director of the CLP and the TESOL Certificate Program. She holds a Ph.D. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics and has more than twenty years of experience in the field of language education. She has taught in and directed programs here in the US as well as in Denmark, Italy, the UK, and Japan. She has worked in university programs, private businesses, international organizations and K-12, and she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Assessment, Grammar, and TESOL Methods. She has published articles and textbooks in the areas of a Second Language Writing, Testing, and Language Pedagogy, and she is a reviewer and a commissioner for The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) and a member of the PRAXIS ESOL National Advisory Committee (NAC) at ETS. 
  • Katherine Brooks, Programs Manager

    Katherine is the Program Manager of the CLP and the TESOL Certificate Program. She has a B.A. in International Studies and Chinese from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in International Education from the George Washington University. Prior to coming to TC, she spent five years working with international students studying in China. She has also lived abroad for four years in both China and Singapore.

  • Helen Kwak, Administrative Coordinator

    Helen is the Administrative Coordinator of the CLP and the TESOL Certificate Program. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from Rutgers University and is a recent graduate of Teachers College with a M.A. in Applied Linguistics. She has lived abroad most of her life -- South Korea, England, and Romania -- and learned as many as 8 languages. She has experience teaching English in South Korea and China, as well as teaching ESL at the CEP. Her professional interests include sociolinguistics and second language assessment. 
  • Mary Daphne Kostakopoulos, Fellow

    Mary Daphne Kostakopoulos, a CLP Fellow, is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College Columbia University. For almost a decade, Mary Daphne has been teaching French, EFL/ESL and Public Speaking.  She received a Fulbright Grant from the U.S. Department of State to teach in Turkey.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College, earning a BA in French and Communications.  Mary Daphne holds an MA in TEFL from Istanbul's internationally accredited Bahcesehir University where she graduated valedictorian from the Graduate School of Education. Some of her research interests include dramatization of foreign languages, conversation analysis, intercultural communication, second language discourse, educational technologies, rhetoric and ownership of L2 and foreign language identities.
  • Barbara Sian Morgan, Fellow

    Sian is a CLP Fellow with extensive teaching experience. She has worked as a French teacher in Coventry (UK), and later as an English lecturer in Italy at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She is also a certified speaking and writing examiner for Cambridge ESOL and British Council IELTS. Sian's main research interests include second language writing, discourse analysis, learner corpora and performance assessment. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Teachers College.

  • Oscar Soler-Canela, Fellow

    Oscar is a new CLP Fellow. He has a B.A. in Linguistics and Arabic from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) and a M.A. in Language Teaching (Applied Linguistics) from Lancaster University (U.K.). He has extensive experience teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in Tunisia, United Kingdom, and Egypt. He has worked at the Language Testing Unit of the Instituto Cervantes, and has collaborated in teacher training programs in many countries. His professional interests include second language assessment and teacher training. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College.
  • Michelle Stabler-Havener, Fellow

    Michelle taught ESL in the Los Angeles area, EFL in China, and has conducted teacher trainings in the U.S., India, China, Thailand, Nepal, and Bangladesh. She taught Second Language Assessment for Azusa Pacific University's MA TESOL program and was a Senior English Language Fellow for the U.S. Department of State. Michelle has published on classroom management and on assessment. Her professional interests include second language assessment, teacher training, and materials development. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Teachers College.

  • Nadja Tadic, Fellow

    Nadja was the Interim Academic Coordinator during Summer 2014 and is currently a CLP Fellow. She has taught English in foreign and second language contexts for five years. She has worked as an academic writing, advisor, TOEFL prep instructor and English integrated skills teacher. Her research interests lie in classroom interaction and encouraging student autonomy and participation. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College.